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Re: [Quran-Study-in-English] Request for your views on Quran Study

From: Achmad
Sent on: Saturday, August 27, 2011 6:07 PM
Salaam Sadi,

I've try to write my review about the Qur'an Study in English group:

The Qur'an Study in English meetup group has been my favorite of halaqa session due to its unique format and atmosphere. It facilitated a good environment for sharing individual perspective of signs (ayahs) of Allah in the Holy Qur'an for individual who reads and ponders verses of qur'an on their own. It made me realize that the Holy Qur'an is not a "dangerous" tool due to its extremely powerful content.

In my opinion, after attending many Islamic lectures and seminars, the unique framework of Qur'an Study in English group made me able to realize and understand the myriad of Muslims' views and understandings of verses in Holy Qur'an vis-a-vis real life first hand.

Thus, I'd be able to learn from participants' wisdom about content of Holy Qur'an that is hued and with participants' life experience, character, and knowledge. I've found out that learning from participant's wisdom has more weight in real life, than learning Islamic lessons detached from sound practical points for implementation in day-to-day aspects. I'd say that this is a gem that would be rarely found when attending conventional Islamic seminar or lecture sessions.

Furthermore, participants' wisdom would be more pragmatic,in comparison to learning from a shaykh/scholar in monophonic mode that normally has a dogmatic atmosphere.

On the other hand, learning from an Islamic scholar on Islamic study would usually made me able to absorb and "advance" my Islamic knowledge.

On the contrary, Qur'an Study in English meetup is a decent medium to contribute what I've learned of Islam without being self-righteous as well as to practice Islamic teachings in a safe environment, rather than to practice an Islamic culture and advanced my self in being a culturally Islamic person.

This would be a reason that makes a Qur'an Study in English session could be as scholarly as the participants who contributes. In the end, it's about contributing instead of absorbing that I'd say has more weight according to Islamic teachings.

Most of the time, I've sensed that some participants had different expectations after coming to Qur'an Study in English session because they came with intention and expectation to absorb Islamic in a one-way street.

Nevertheless, the Qur'an Study in English meetup occasionally invites scholars such as Br. Jihad Turk, Br. Mohammed Nasser, Dr. Ahmed Soboh, Dr. Sultan Abdulhameed, etc. for "absorbing" sessions.

I hope this would be close to what you're expecting for a review about your meetup group.

By the way, my regrets for not being able to attend Iftar at your place tomorrow Sadi. Islamic Center of So Cal rep. asked me to help out during Iftar for Interfaith Project that I attended few months ago.

If you've time, can u send me more information for Eid Day event in Orange County area. I'm thinking to go to it if interesting.

Thanks again as always Sadi.


On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 7:21 PM, Sadi <[address removed]> wrote:

Salam All,


I wanted to reach out to you to request your reflection on something you have learnt by attending Quran Study meetups.

MECA (Muslim Establishing Communities of America), coordinator is requesting articles from MECA groups  to compose a monthly newsletter/digest that would be sent to the community and has asked me and Quran study memebrs to provide reflection of what we have learnt in the classes and the activities of the meetup.

I would apperaciate if you could send me an email with what you have learnt so far from this group and what you liked and benefited from attending the meetups.


Jazakum Allah Khayr! 








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